Friday, April 24, 2009

Woman told to put clothes on her gnome

A British woman was told to cover up her naked gnomes because they upset her neighbor.

The naked gnomes - which have been pride of place in her West Midlands garden for 15 years - now sport an extra layer after a call from a council officer.

The gnomes, one male and two female, are just a small part of the front-garden display of 200 novelty statues and figures.

The collection has been the talking point with Hunnington villagers, but one nearby neighbour took exception to the display of nudity and complained to the council.

An officer from Bromsgrove District Council then called Mrs Smith last week and asked her to clothe the two foot clay creations.

Mrs Smith, 64, said:'I've got grandchildren and they all love the gnomes.

'They have been here for around 15 years and everyone who visits me finds them funny and a bit harmless fun.

'They're proper cheeky chappies with their little smiley faces looking up at you.

'Whenever people come up to the door delivering parcels they ask if they can have a little look under their T-shirt.'

The offended neighbour confirmed she had made the complaint.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said she thought the gnomes were 'pathetic'.

'I don't think they should be in a garden with my young kids running around nearby,' she said.

'They are childish and I think it pathetic that they are in a front garden in full view of everyone.'

Other neighbors probably think the offended neighbor is prudish. Next she's going to ask for all the male dogs in the neighborhood to wear pants so the kids don't see their naked boy pants.

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